Making substantial changes to your home can be very costly. While some are well worth it, adding both value and comfort to your home, perhaps even making it safer, others are a waste of money. While it can be tempting to go for everything you see, getting carried away in your attempts to improve your home, it’s important to be sensible. Only make changes that you need and that will add something to your home, just as you would when decorating. Here’s a look at some worthwhile changes to help you.
Replacing your windows can help to keep your home warm and well insulated in the winter, make your house look nicer and increase its value. Over time windows can become cracked and damaged, especially if you live in an area that experiences a lot of extreme weather. We often save money by patching up, repairing seals or just replacing the windows that really need it. This can leave our windows mismatched and uneven. Replacing the whole lot can be well worth the expense.
Adding a Room
An extra bathroom, or a garage, doesn’t give your home much in terms of either added value or functionality. Most of us keep our cars on the drive even if we’ve got a garage. Converting these spaces to create a study, office or extra bedroom, however, can increase the value of your home enormously as well as giving you an area that you might actually use.
Other ways to add extra valuable space to your home include a loft or basement conversion or an extension.
Insulating your loft and cavity walls can be an expense, but over a few years, it could easily save you a fortune in heating. It’s thought that around 25% of your home's heat is lost through the roof. So, without insulation you’re basically paying to heat your home, just to send a quarter of it straight out through the ceiling.
Then, there is the heating itself. Boilers and furnaces aren’t all equal. Some are considerably more efficient than others, doing a better job of heating your home while also being more cost effective. Old gas furnaces can be unreliable, costly and even dangerous. Replacing it will help to make your home more comfortable. It’s also one of the first things people check when they view perspective houses to buy. If you ever consider selling up, a high quality, up to date heating system will be a great selling point.
When we move into a new house, we spend a little time preparing our yards, then we leave them. Over time your needs will change. You have kids; the kids grow up, or you take up new hobbies where outdoor space could be valuable. Every few years take some time to think about what you really need from your yard before giving it a little TLC.
Remember, if you don’t need it, it’s not worth it. Don’t waste your money on things that you don’t need. Instead, save your money and spend more on the improvements that you do need and will be worth both your time and money.